Tech Kicks Off Outdoor Season in Style
Texas Tech officially began its 2012 outdoor season Friday at the Willie Williams Classic.
March 17, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. - The Texas Tech track and field team officially began its 2012 outdoor season Friday at Roy P. Drachman Stadium on the University of Arizona campus. Tech had a total of seven first place finishes on the opening day of college competition, which will conclude Saturday afternoon.
"I am very proud of the first day," head coach Wes Kittley said. "It's great to get outdoors and see the kids compete. With seven wins today, I hope our kids will continue to believe in themselves and carry the momentum into tomorrow."
In her Texas Tech debut Friday at the Willie Williams Classic, freshman Hannah Carson made history by breaking the school record in the javelin by over 18 feet. Carson, a native of Chandler, Ariz., recorded a mark of 50.86 meters (166'-10") to win the competition and break the nine-year-old school record.
"I knew when I recruited her that she was going to be something special," Kittley said. "It just shows what tremendous potential that she has. She is going to be very special for us."
The previous school record of 45.24 meters (148'-5.00") was set by Shaya Orendorff on March 29, 2003.
Texas Tech had a dominating performance in the men's 400 meter hurdles by grabbing the top-three places. Jamele Mason crossed the finish line first with a time of 50.57. He was followed in order by Shane Brathwaite (50.90) and Isaiah Gill (52.18). Freshman Bo Burgess placed fifth with a time of 54.07, while Ryan McDowell finished 11th with a time of 56.67.
Meanwhile the Lady Raiders put on a dominant performance of their own by grabbing each of the top-six spots in the women's 200 meter dash. Candace Jackson finished first with a time of 23.74. She was followed in order by Cierra White (23.80), Taylor Evans (23.85), Olivia Lewis (23.97), Erica Alexander (24.08) and Terra Evans (24.21).
"It was a good start," sprints coach Dion Miller said. "The good thing about it was that we had no wind, so the efforts were very good. We are going to get better, but I was very pleased and I thought that they did a good job."
In the women's 5,000 meter run, senior Rose Tanui turned in an impressive performance by jumping out to an early lead and never letting up. Tanui won the event with a time of 17:11.30. She won by nearly 30 seconds. Meanwhile, Chelsea Scott set a new personal best time of 18:22.25 and finished in sixth.
Precious Nwokey got her outdoor season off to a fast start with a win in the women's long jump with a mark of 20'-3.00".
In the women's 1,500 meter run Devin Bailey secured a first place finish with a time of 4:39.08.
Ifeatu Okafor opened her 2012 outdoor season with a first place finish in the women's shot put with a toss of 16.80 meters.
Texas Tech will complete action at the Willie Williams Classic Saturday. Collegiate events are scheduled to resume at 10 a.m. with the men's pole vault.